13 September, 2019

Gymnastics Australia is deeply saddened by the passing of former FIG President, Bruno Grandi who passed away today at the age of 85 following an illness.

Grandi served as FIG President from 1997 to 2016 and was heralded with leading the sport through reforms to broaden gymnastics popularity.

Among the changes he led was the introduction of a minimum age limit for gymnasts to be able to compete in international events in order to look after the health and wellbeing of young athletes. 

“Today we are mourning the loss of a warm-hearted man who showed us the way with all the passion he had for the sport,” said FIG President, Morinari Watanabe.

GA CEO Kitty Chiller reflected on a true legend of gymnastics.

“It is such sad news today for the world of gymnastics,” Ms Chiller said. 

“Bruno Grandi did so much for this global sport over such a long period. His name is synonymous with gymnastics and he will be sorely missed.

“The thoughts of GA are with Bruno’s family and all those who have worked with him over the years.”

Grandi, who also an IOC member and presided over Italian Gymnastics for 22 years, opened up the sport to new countries with the amount of FIG member federations rising from 120 to nearly 150 during his presidency. 

The FIG flag is today flying at half-mast over the sport’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.